I agree with you. I would have captioned my screengrab with a link to the page where the Shutterstock image is on sale to make the case it was lifted it from Shutterstock. There's a twist, though. I used to purchase image licenses from Canstock which did NOT require attribution in many situations. Many stock photographers will distribute their photos "wide" on multiple sites, and some of us had discovered we could find many of the same images on Shutterstock available much cheaper from Canstock. So you know where we bought them.... So I can't be 100% confident of wrong-doing by the accused person. Their license *may* not have demanded attribution. Unlikely but possible...

Medium's own rules seem to require attribution in all cases, even if the writer's photo license doesn't require it. If they'd enforced their own rules, the contest might have created goodwill, instead of destroying it.

In my husband's favorite phrase, is this a pooch screw or a goat rodeo? This contest was both!

Author of “The Moldavite Message.” Seeker, traveler, birder, crystal collector.

Author of “The Moldavite Message.” Seeker, traveler, birder, crystal collector.